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Meal Ticket
12:20
Has CHW said Moncada is moving back to 2B (and not b/c Frazier) ?
Dave Cameron
12:20
Yes, Hahn said that at the press conference announcing the trade.
biffyclyro
12:20
Are the Cubs bluffing, or are they really set on Montgomery as the fifth starter? And if so, with two plus pitches per Eno, is it possible the team already has its long-sought after, cost-controlled starter?
Dave Cameron
12:20
Montgomery's command stinks. He's a reliever.
They'll get someone better.
Buck
12:21
If the Twins can't convince the Dodgers to include more pieces in a Dozier- De Leon deal, do you think they might be willing to build a trade around Verdugo instead? Could something like Verdugo, Calhoun, Buehler and Brock Stewart get it done?
Dave Cameron
12:21
That is way, way too much.
Q-Ball
12:21
Will Todd Frazier even be traded? He is clearly surplus for the White Sox, and a decent player, yet there seems to be next to no market, and a couple FA options still out there (Valbuena).
Dave Cameron
12:21
He's probably a spring training trade after someone gets hurt.
JT
12:22
Dave, I've noticed that you and a lot of other saber guys are "big hall" guys. Why is that? I'm thankful that the Saber guys have gotten guys in with underrated resumes like Blyleven and Bagwell but is it really that must of a travesty that marginal guys like Trammel and Edgar aren't in?
Dave Cameron
12:23
The reality is that the HOF is already a "big hall" museum. Basically everyone who played in the 1920s-1940s is already in. The standards for HOF qualification have been set by the voters over the last 50 years, and there are a huge number of modern candidates who clear that bar.
12:24
The current batch of voters are trying to hold the modern player to a different standard than older generations have been held to.
steve
12:25
Is there any logic behind the WSox keeping Quintana, hoping that the rebuild window is short enough to utilize his talents?
Dave Cameron
12:25
No.
Bork
12:25
Borkwife is in the final stretches of pregnancy (8 weeks left). Any tips for new fathers who know absolutely nothing about babies?
Dave Cameron
12:26
Don't stress about everything. Stuff is going to happen. They're going to get sick, fall, bleed... Just set your baseline assumption that everything is fine and you'll save yourself a lot of anxiety.
The Shingo Method
12:27
more of a statement than a question, but based on the white sox expectations of when they will be ready to compete again (2020) the white sox do not really need to trade Quintana. Even assuming some regression if quintana is your #4 starter that puts them in a good place that year. At the very least he would be eating innings.
Dave Cameron
12:29
The cost paid over those next three years would make him the most expensive fourth starter in history. Let's use an analogy; let's say you're in college, and you live on campus, and you just walk everywhere, so you don't need a car. But you'll need one when you graduate, and you already have one, so you have two options; you can pay to park the car for four years, pay insurance on it, and eat the depreciation cost of the vehicle as it sits around not getting used, or you can sell it now, use the money for stuff you can use today or stuff that might help you get an even better job in a few years, and then buy a new car then. What should you do?
Mokajige
12:31
What do you think the odds are the Brewers trade Braun?
Dave Cameron
12:31
Not good this winter. Too many similar players.
Electric
12:32
Are you surprised at all that Ben Cherrington didn't get a shot at one of the GM openings this offseason? Seems like he deserves a lot of credit for that roster in Boston.
Dave Cameron
12:33
He's turned down a bunch of chances to interview for jobs.
Bubba
12:33
Since he didn't specifically ask about position player cores, where'd you put Syndergaard, DeGrom, Matz, (and maybe Conforto?) on that list?
Dave Cameron
12:33
Ahead of PHI, behind the other two. Pitchers and all that.
Pharx
12:34
Did you see Nathaniel Grow's piece on the California state provision that could allow Mike Trout to potentially become a free agent right now? Amazing. Given the difference in guaranteed money he'd likely receive as a FA vs his current contract, what do you think the chances are that he pursues that?
Dave Cameron
12:35
I did see it. I think the reality is that there's basically no upside for any individual player to try it, because MLB would use their substantial power to get an exception written. No representatives in CA want to be responsible for upholding a law that makes it virtually impossible for CA teams to compete.
NatsFan
12:36
Will the EW podcast affect Carson's schedule at all?
Dave Cameron
12:36
Nope. We're just helping EW continue.
Hunky Dory
12:37
Is Greg Holland hurt worse than we realize? Feels like he would be gone by now - 2/24 isn't much of a risk for a player of his caliber, especially if he's traded for a Chapman package at some point.
Dave Cameron
12:37
Well he'd never bring back a Chapman package.
And 2/24 for a guy who didn't pitch last year is still a pretty big risk.
Pud Galvin
12:38
Many voters are ok with voting for suspected PED users into the HOF, but nobody is clamoring for Raffy Palmeiro to get in. Why is that? He's the best batter not named Bonds or Bagwell not in the HOF and has a better case than all non-Bonds/Bagwell/pitcher currently on the ballot. What's up with that?
Dave Cameron
12:38
You are wildly overrating Rafael Palmeiro
12:39
He has a career 130 wRC+. Edgar Martinez is at 147. Larry Walker is at 140. Sheffield is 141. Manny Ramirez is 153.
Kiermaier's Piercing Green Eyes
12:40
What kinds of players' values go up/down now vs at the trade deadline?
Dave Cameron
12:41
Guys coming off career years who will use 25% of their pre-FA service time remaining, like Dozier, will almost certainly see their value go do down. Guys with unproven track records, health questions, or inconsistent performances (think Rich Hill) can have their values go up a lot.
Tommy Lasordid
12:41
Kershaw, Hill, Urias, Maeda, and a mix of Kasmir/Wood/McCarthy/Ryu/Stewart. Seems that should get it done in NL West. Agree?
Dave Cameron
12:41
Yup.
And you didn't even mention De Leon.
Mike Milligan
12:41
Isn't one of the standards PED usage ? There are a lot of undeserving players in the HOF now but as far as we no they were clean
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